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Very literate. In Luke 4:17-19, he is able to locate a passage in a scroll, which would be very difficult for someone with only basic reading skills. He then of course reads a passage from it. In John 8, there is the famous story in which Jesus suggests that the sinless person in the crowd should be the first to cast a stone. He is depicted as writing on ...


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There was no mandate that the gospels should appear in the order they were written once they were gathered into a collection. This is true of the rest of the New Testament as well. The order is the gospel accounts, the history of the early church, the letters of Paul to churches, to people, letters by other apostles, and prophecy. So, there ...


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Jesus was more than just literate. Even at twelve years old, Jesus knew the scriptures and had a level of understanding and answers that astonished learned rabbis. So, in addition to Luke 4:17-19, I would add Luke 2:46-47 as strong evidence of this though it is implied. Luke 2:46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, ...


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Jesus' most clear statements on the end times are in Matthew 24. You can see for yourself what He said. I don't see anything about "blood moons" here, but this passage is far from the only passage in Scripture that addresses the end times. A full answer addressing eschatology would be far* too large to this site. Many books have been written on the ...


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Jesus' contemporary followers not only believed in "a god", they had a common understanding of the existence and nature of God, because his mission was to the people of Israel (cf. Jesus answer to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:14: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel"). This is not to assert that all of Jesus' followers came from the ...


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In the Synoptics, Jesus showed his divinity by his words and actions. Jesus equating himself with God: Luke 8:39 (NASB) "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. Mark 5:19 (NASB) And He did not let him, ...


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Sometimes the Scriptures identify Pharisees specifically, but other times they merely reference chief priests, who may have been Pharisees. There are a few passages of note: The Chief Priests and Scribes cite Micah 5:2 in reference to the birth of the Messiah Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where ...


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If I read this passage in the Book of Exodus correctly, the presence of God was not connected to the Temple, but rather to the Mercy seat, which appears to be the top of the Ark of the Covenant. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Exodus 25:10 through 22And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the ...


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Perhaps there are/were others, but the 'Jesus Christians' are the closest sect I'm aware of that matched your description (they are of relatively recent history - beginning in the early 1980s until officially disbanding in 2010: although their website is still being maintained and updated, so perhaps reports of their demise are premature). While not ...


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I have never heard of any contemporary account that directly refutes the gospel story, and it is unlikely that a refutation of the gospels was ever written. Although we can never know, it is unlikely that the pagans were at all concerned, or threatened, by the emergence of what they still regarded as a new strand of Judaism. The Jews were, at that very time, ...


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The most generic Christian answer to this is quite simple: God did. No human—neither Aquinas nor any other philosopher or theologian—"laid the foundation for the existence of God". God has always existed and the impetus for revealing this truth to men has always been on him. This he has done in spades. Adam, the first man, walked and talked with God in a ...


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Paul was a Pharisee, and he quoted scripture extensively in his epistles, but that's not in the Gospels. I find no other examples of Pharisees directly quoting scripture recorded in the New Testament, based on my search at Bible Gateway. But it would be very surprising to think they didn't, as well as they knew the law, which was based on (but not ...


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The gospels do not specifically address the question, but the book of Hebrews does. It is appointed for men to die once--not many times. After that is the judgment--not one of many judgments--the judgment. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of ...


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Thanks to everyone for the comments and to @Narnian and @Flimzy for their answers. @Narnian, I don't consider the Moses reference a quote, so I was left with the "hard way" suggested by @FMS, which was to individually check every instance of the word "Pharisee" (or "Pharisees") in the Bible. This turned up 93 hits, which I investigated one at a time. I ...


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I don't claim to know why our Bibles include the Gospels in the order that they do. I'll be interested if somebody else on here has a definitive answer to that question. But why do you suppose they should be included by the order in which they were written? I don't organize the books on my bookshelves by their copyright dates: I group them in ways that seem ...


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Nope, no second obliteration God said this to Noah I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth. Gen 9:11 Sirach says ita not just a flood, because God didn't make that exceptionally specific. NOAH, found just and ...


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This is only an indirect answer to part of your question, but I get the feeling that the non-historical part of this apologetic is not being expressed in a satisfying manner, either in your question or in the existing answer. (I just wrote a very long sentence to try and explain it better, but figured that would not help. Let's try by analogy): Today ...


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Transistor I feel you. I think oftentimes the answer is not clear but many Christians take comfort in believing all of their church's teachings and their apologists' arguments are valid. When I ask questions about the premises or certain details which seem to be contradictory I am often told not that the answer isn't really known or that the answerer ...


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I'll give you one perpective. According to the following verse: Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,fn for those who are called according to his purpose. In other words, to the Christian who has grown to love and trust God implicitly, God's hand is in everything in his life, in both good and ...


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Jesus can indeed read, as this portion of Scripture indicates: Luke 4:16-20 And he came to Nazareth, where he hath been brought up, and he went in, according to his custom, on the sabbath-day, to the synagogue, and stood up to read; and there was given over to him a roll of Isaiah the prophet, and having unfolded the roll, he found the place ...


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Are Christ's Words in the Gospels part of the Old Covenant or the New? One key to answering this question is to determine the point at which the new covenant was established. There are some rather diverse opinions about this. It can be helpful to review some of the context to consider this answer. Israel had received the old covenant. Exodus 24:3 And ...


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My concordance does not record the word luck as in the bible. Do we have an ability to shape our destiny? Yes. We have choice. Deuteronomy 6;21 And the LORD commanded us to do all the statues, to fear the LORD our God, for our good, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Proverbs 1;7 The fear of the ...


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The Bible does not have any Scriptures on 'luck' per se , but does have several in which it talks about chance. The difference is that chance according to Webster is: An event that happens, falls out or takes place, without being contrived, intended, expected or foreseen; the effect of an unknown cause, or the unusual or unexpected effect of a ...



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